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    Am I the only one who feels this way....

    This really irks me. Am I wrong for feeling this way?

    I saw a story today in regard to a high school football player who was paralyzed. Over the last year he has slowly regained movement and feeling in his extremities. Every time I see a story like this they attribute the persons will and hard work for regaining movement and feeling. You see this all the time with spinal cord injuries. I remember when Mr. Byrd (football player for New York Jets) was paralyzed his hard work, positive attitude, and will is what made him walk again.

    Do these people realize those who have not been fortunate enough to improve have worked just as hard? Do they realize it has more to do with luck than hard work and a positive attitude? Still to this day, 18 years after my accident, I work hard on my body to stay in shape. I lie in bed every night and will my legs to move. Luck has not visited me yet. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

    I'm not bitter if the message comes across that way. I'm extremely HAPPY for those who regain movement and feeling. I just wish reporters would get a clue. People who are ignorant toward our injury take misleading information to heart. I've actually had people tell me I could walk if I wanted to. I just need to work harder. WHAT!?! [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]


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    I think it's great when anybody get's functioning back! but also the media will only play up to the thing's that normally do NOT happen, that's how they get their viewer's or reader's.

    They should do life stories on people who have not been so "lucky" and find out what life is really like for those who have endured it for year's and most of them never complain.

    Everyone's injury is different, some do some do not. I have been Blessed and lucky I can walk, But there is a great deal of pain and I can't do it very far. But my own Father tell's me "you walk more it will quit hurting" I would like him to try it for 1 day to see what it is Like. But yes I agree with you

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      Yeah, A few people have said I could walk if I try harder in 23 yrs of sci, I wonder what they would think if a sci happend to them.


        I get it all the time and I CAN walk. I know exactly how lucky I got. But if I only worked harder, I'd be good as new, or so they think.

        I've said it before, I'll say it again, and we should shout it from the rooftops, THE SPINAL CORD IS THE BOSS.

        C5/6 incomplete, injured Aug. 2000
        Does This Wheelchair Make My Ass Look Fat?


          A guy right here in Winthrop fractured C2 in a car racing accident. He had the halo on for 3 months, just like Jesse did. I said something to him about how lucky he was to be walking with a halo on and he told me the reason he didnt become paralyzed with his injury is because he had faith in God. So even the people that do get injured just dont get it. Jesse has faith in God also, so why is he paralyzed if his reason is true. What an idiot.


            Not only that, but how about the "if you only had stronger faith and prayed harder you'd be healed" business. While I was hospitalized, a guy came wandering into my room and handed me a prayer on a card. Fine so far, but then he went on with this business that I would surely be healed if I said this prayer over enough times. I believe in a creator but deeply resented the implication that lack of faith was preventing me from being healed.

            "I was thinking about starting to procrastinate, but I decided to put it off for a while."
            "Some complain that there are thorns among the roses, but I am delighted to find an occasional rose among the thorns."


              No mater how strong your faith in god is, what will be will be. I hear ppl say "Why did this happen to me" i think this sometimes too. For some of us we may find the answer while others may not. The only thing all of us can do for now is pray and keep our heads up.


                Then you should try to get worse and hear what the people are saying [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img]

                I have never heard so many stupid things in my life like the last year, even from people with SCI and from doctors.

                TH 12 incomplete 12-12-69.
                TH 12, 43 years post


                  Originally posted by Jessecj7:

                  No mater how strong your faith in god is, what will be will be. I hear ppl say "Why did this happen to me" i think this sometimes too. For some of us we may find the answer while others may not. The only thing all of us can do for now is pray and keep our heads up.
                  Jessecj7, what did you do with my son??

                  J/K I am so proud


                    If all it took was "trying harder," I'd be out on some baseball field somewhere right now, hopefully pitching a major league game. Every day for the past 7 years I have, as ResonantEcho said, willed my legs to move. And luck has not visited me yet either. It's just the luck of the draw, and nothing more. It has nothing to do with faith in God or lack thereof, or extra effort or lack Beth said, the spinal cord is the boss. And mine's a son of a bitch. [img]/forum/images/smilies/tongue.gif[/img]

                    "Legs are overrated. You can still get laid." - Kevin Girardi, "Joan of Arcadia"
                    "Legs are overrated. You can still get laid." - Kevin Girardi, "Joan of Arcadia"


                      I just laugh when people say that stuff to me these days especially the ''ya just need to work a little harder'' bullshit.Ya,ok pal quick someone grab a chisel and a slab of granite buddies got it all figured out ''im just lazy'' thats my problem [img]/forum/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif[/img]

                      ''Shoot the protester ya cant stop the protest.Murder the rebel ya cant stop the rebellion''..


                        ResonantEcho, I could be wrong but I think Mr. Byrd got a shot of GM1 after his mishap that could have played a big role in his recovery. The young FP probably got a shot of MP in the emergency room. Science! From the follow up posts it's obvious a bunch of folks who think just hard work need educated. If the story was in your local paper drop the reporter a note. Opportunity to straighten out that person and maybe hundreds/thousand.

                        "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given you."
                        Gandolf the Gray

                        2010 SCINet Clinical Trial Support Squad Member

                        "You kids and your cures, why back when I was injured they gave us a wheelchair and that's the way it was and we liked it!" Grumpy Old Man

                        .."i used to be able to goof around so much because i knew Superman had my back. now all i've got is his example -- and that's gonna have to be enough."


                          You're not wrong, RE. It's idiocy, nothing more.


                          "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

                          Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.


                            We all work hard mentally and physically to recover everyday and we will all be rewarded for it soon.

                            If reporters were smart they would know what they are talking about.


                              I forgot the one thing that people think we are lazy! If only they had done some of the rehab we have, then they would never call us lazy.

                              I know and know all of you do that we have worked hard as hell to get back what we have.

                              I think alot of people are really stupid about the spinal cord, they say "Oh honey it just takes time" They should look at a peice of frozen fish and say "You will be ok once you thaw out" makes about as much sense

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